- A senior lawyer, Femi Falana tells the federal government not to spend the sum of N37 billion on renovating the National Assembly building
- Falana faults claims by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, that there had been no major renovation of the National Assembly complex in the last 20 years
- The lawyer notes that in 2013, the administration of Goodluck Jonathan spent N40.2 billion on the renovation of the building
A senior lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has advised the federal government to spend the N37 billion set aside for the renovation of the National Assembly complex on fixing public roads that are in bad condition.
The Nation report that the human rights lawyer, who gave the advice in Lagos on Sunday, December 22, faulted claims by the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, that there had been no major renovation of the National Assembly building in the last 20 years.
The lawyer disclosed that in 2013, the administration of Goodluck Jonathan administration spent N40.2 billion on the renovation of the complex.
“But contrary to the highly misleading explanation of the Senate President, we have confirmed that the Goodluck Jonathan administration had spent N40.2 billion on the renovation of the National Assembly complex in 2013," he said.
“In view of the fact that it has been confirmed that the complex was renovated for N40 billion six years ago, the N37 billion set aside for another renovation should be spent on public roads that have become death traps.
Meanwhile, the deputy whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, has said that the proposed N37 billion National Assembly renovation is long overdue.
Abdullahi said the National Assembly complex which was built 20-years ago in 1999 has not enjoyed much focus when it comes to renovations or upgrading the building especially comparing the level of the legislative process taking place in the building.
Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television's programme, Abdullahi said it is on record that there has been no form of upgrade on the National Assembly complex.
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